CCNA Certification, is it worth it?

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Hi, I am currently stuck in a dead end job, which is not IT related, I
studied IT in college and started the CCNA course but never finished it. I'm
thinking of re-studying for the CCNA course but all the jobs i've seen
advertised require x amount of years experience. Is it possible to walk into
a good job once you have the CCNA certification or is it not worth it?

Regards

Sam Henderson




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Sam,
The days when a single cert can get you an interview let alone a job offer
have well passed.  If you really want to jump into IT, then be prepared for
crap pay for a while.  Take a look at the ads in local papers (assuming you
are UK based given your email addr), Aldi and co are paying more for
stacking shelves that helpdesk IT staff are being offered.  Maybe in the
long run it will be worth while, maybe not.  Doing *any* course off your own
back will look good on a cv though.

Dave.




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If you were in the Chicago area, I know a company that is hiring CCNAs like
crazy. No experience, just the cert.



Jonathan




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what company might that be?
i live in the chicago area.
i haven't passed the CCNA, but plan to soon.




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Well, send me an email when you do.

Let's just say it is a company that is currently buying the death star.




Jonathan




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In Chicago ???

I'm in Springfield, and willing to travel. Consulting here is really hard
due to the fact that we are no longer the state capital.


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Blowjobovich seems to think it is the capital.

Anyway, the job is in the NW suburbs of Chicago.



Jonathan

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Jonathan, I've tried to contact you off list about the CCNA positions,
but if you responded, they must have gotten lost in spam filters.  I'm
at comcast (that's a net, not a com) and my email is sqrfolkdnc.



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Sam,

Before doing anything, work out what you want to do with your life. I'm
not saying plan it to the minute, but work out why your job is
dead-end, where you want to go and - the big one - what do you enjoy
doing?

If you like "making money" and high-pay is all you want, go into
finance. If you like playing with technology and reckon that doing that
for the next couple of decades sounds good, do a CCNA as your first
step into the IT industry.  If you are looking for one cert that will
give you a good job, you're going to need a CCIE .. which will make the
CCNA look like falling off a log.  There *is* good money in IT, once
you've got a few years of experience and have some business skills.
There is no magic bullet to the the six-figure paypacket tho.

Certs are part of the cycle - certs open doors to get experience to get
better jobs to get more certs to open more doors etc etc etc.

Cisco certs are an excellent start because Cisco partners need
certified people to get their discounts and undersell the competition.
If this suits you, get your CCNA, then your CCDA, then start looking at
the "qualified specialist" certs. Get a couple of design certs under
your belt, then start calling up Cisco partners and getting them your
resume.

Check out
http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/765/partner_programs/channel_partner_program_requirements.shtml

If you stick your head down and your bum up, you should be able to do
it in 3-6 months. Not a bad investment for a new career.

Matt



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Hi Sam, I would say it's definitely worth it. If you think about it - your
job is going nowhere and if you don't do anything you won't get anywhere
either.

I would say any studying will look good on your CV and show potential
employers you have the stamina to complete a course and also the
initiative to further yourself.

I read a lot of job adverts at the moment and there are jobs where they
are prepared to take you on with little or no experience. Many of them
also like to see an MCSE. If you can do both now then you will double
your chances of getting a better job. If not, try and do your CCNA now,
start your MCSE and in your CV say you're currently doing an MCSE.

The pay may not be so great but don't let that put you off because it
won't be that long until you can get a better job, or being promoted.

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